This month we read Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.
It was a great read, a hard read, perhaps, if you aren’t into downfall of society, anarchy, post apocalyptic shit. But I am, I guess, so it was a fantastic read for me.
We touched upon many themes, including:
Lauren Olamina’s Earthseed vision,
the privilege of community programs like firefighters & police,
packing a go bag,
protecting children in a savage society,
the ramifications of prevalent violence,
being hungry and what it might make us do,
love & sex,
choosing your community & travel companions,
procreating in desolate times,
seas of people walking on an empty interstate
It was a good discussion, and I’m putting the second book in the series, Parable of the Talents, on my to-read list. Sadly Ms. Butler didn’t get to finish her trilogy, so Lauren’s fate is undecided. I’ll leave you with a quote that I really enjoyed from the book:
God is neither good
God is Power.
God is Change.
We must find the rest
of what we need
in one another,
in our Destiny.
Join us next month (in person at Atmalogy in Nashville or virtually, if you wish) for the novel Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh. It’s supposed to be a dark, well-written thriller. I’m excited.